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I've already done some homework and nothing pops out. We will take the 1 train from penn station to Morningside Heights, tour the campus. Then take the 4 bus across the park to Museum Mile/Conservatory Garden. Any suggestions on where to eat? Light, preferably vegetarian fare.
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  1. Go to Thai Market on Amsterdam (walking distance from Columbia) and order the following: Kow Soi w/ Tofu and the Tapioca dessert. The rest of the menu is average, but those two dishes are knock-outs.

    Thai Market
    960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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    1. re: nmprisons

      The daikon cake appetizer is also very good (and vegetarian).

    2. The food is fresher and more interesting than anywhere else in the neighborhood.

      Community Food & Juice
      2893 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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      1. re: kurrerbell

        It is also way overpriced, IMHO.

        The OP might also consider going to Absolute Bagels on Broadway (best bagels in NYC as far as I am concerned) if cost is a consideration.

        Absolute Bagels
        2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

        1. re: nmprisons

          I actually like the suggestion for Absolute Bagels - they do have some of best bagels in NYC. Definitely cheap, light, etc.

          I do have fond memories of blueberry pancakes at Community from my undergrad years (esp. their "early bird" deal) - but haven't been in a couple years.

          If you like Italian, both Pisticci and Max SoHa are good choices.

          Max Soha
          1274 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

        2. re: kurrerbell

          Don't waste your money at Community Food.

          1. re: kurrerbell

            in my one lackluster experience at community, there was nothing fresh or interesting about the food. i can't really think of anything that meets your criteria over by columbia, but if you're taking the M4 bus across town, i'd suggest stopping at moustache, at 102 and lexington. it's one of my favorite casual inexpensive places. their tabbouli is exceptionally bright and fresh, their meltingly soft freshed baked pitas are awesome, as is their creamy hummous, and their buttery phyllo egg and cheese roll.

            1621 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

          2. Pisticci is great and within a few blocks of campus...

            125 La Salle St, New York, NY 10027

            1. According to your post you will actually end up (unless you backtrack, of course) on the East Side, and Candle (and it's smaller Candle Cafe) are two of the best vegitarian offerings in the City; both are located at the southern end of Museum Mile. www.candlecafe.com Mid 70s & 3rd.

              Candle Cafe
              1307 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

              Candle 79
              154 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021

              1. Massawa.

                1239 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

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                1. re: boccalupo

                  Massawa is delightful, with plenty of vegetarian options, but there's not a lot of Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine that I would characterize as light.

                  1239 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

                2. Bombay Frankie Roti Roll: 994 Amst (110th)

                  Cheap, good. Either take-out or eat at a mini counter.

                  Bombay Frankie Roti Roll
                  994 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025